Budget supermarket chain launches its own low-cost Android tablet in the U.K.

Budget supermarket chain launches its own low-cost Android tablet in the U.K.
On Sunday, U.K. budget supermarket chain Aldi launched a low-priced Android tablet priced at £79.99 ($131 USD). Long lines greeted cashiers at Aldi markets, waiting to purchase the low-end Medion Lifetab Android tablet. At one store at Old Kent Road in South London, hundreds of shoppers battled to purchase one of only 12 slates that were remaining.

The supermarket's Lifetab slab now competes with other low priced 7 inch Android models in the U.K., including the £99 ($162 USD) Amazon Kindle Fire, the £119 ($195 USD) Tesco Hudl, and the £199 ($325 USD) Nexus 7. For comparison, the Apple iPad mini with Retina display is priced at £319 ($521 USD) with a slightly larger 7.9 inch screen. Despite being priced at least £20 cheaper than the competition, the Medion Lifetab tablet is said to be light on features. Compared to the Tesco device, the Lifetab tablet has a lower resolution screen, and a less powerful processor. It also features 8GB of storage and a 4-hour battery life.

Available in black only, the tablet will have access to the Google Play Store and will be equipped with a media player app, a drawing app, an app that is a knock-off of Microsoft Office, and a 30-day trial of Kaspersky Tablet Security.

CCS Insight says that 8.3 million tablets were sold in the U.K. last year, and for the first half of this year, nearly 6 million slates were rung up. As we can see from the long lines for the Lifetab tablet, demand for low-priced Android slates is heavy in the U.K. Since September, the low-priced Tesco model has sold 200,000 units.


source: DailyMail, The Guardian

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8 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well as long as it has stock android and hopefully JB, they should be fine.

2. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Who doesn't make an Android device? Android devices are like toilet tissue. They come in all colors, shape, and sizes. They only have one purpose, and then you flush them down the toilet.

5. hurrycanger

Posts: 1773; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Wow. The toilets at your place must be huge. Here in the US, only phones with screen size of 4.5 inch or less have a chance to get down a usual toilet. But still, those phones will get stuck. xD

8. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Say what you wish but not everyone can afford high end devices. At the end of the day its more market share and growth for Android which is potentially more value for developers, which only expands the android ecosystem. The beauty of android is that it can run anywhere. DEAL WITH IT

3. mio15

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

Hi, i dont want to be a wise ass and it definitly seems like the pictures were taken in the U.K. Aldi (Group) is a discount chain with it´s roots in Germany. In the last years they expanded around the world. including UK. ;)

6. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Wise ass.

4. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Really? Of all the specs they list, they list size, weight, screen size, and camera? They seem to be selling to people who have no idea what to look for in a tablet.

7. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

The first pic with the homeless guy didn't give that away?

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